River Cruises/EUROPE (Central)

Christmas Markets on the Rhine

8-DAYS

CRUISE FROM : Amsterdam to Basel
Take an enchanting 7-night Rhine River cruise that takes you through the fabled Black Forest region and the Alsace region. You will also visit Heidelberg and Cologne, famous for its majestic Cathedral and bustling Christmas markets. Conclude your winter adventure in Amsterdam, amidst the city's legendary canals and colorful holiday surroundings.

COUNTRIES: France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland
RIVERS: Rhine






ITINERARY

Day 1 : ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – EMBARKATION
Arrive in charming Amsterdam and board your luxurious river cruise ship. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at the Welcome Dinner. (D)
Day 2 : AMSTERDAM
The famous canals of Amsterdam await discovery on your city tour. Begin with a scenic canal cruise and see the tall narrow homes lining the water, the Skinny Bridge, and the house where Anne Frank and her family lived in hiding during WWII. Next, you'll walk to Begijnhof, known for its historic buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and have some free time to explore. Later, enjoy a panoramic city tour on which you'll see the Royal Palace, Westerkerk and stop for photos at a Dutch windmill before returning to the ship. This afternoon depart for Germany. (B,L,D)
Day 3 : COLOGNE, GERMANY
The ship arrives in Cologne around lunchtime. You will have a guided tour of the city, strolling through the Old Town and Cathedral Square, and visiting the fabled Gothic cathedral. This evening, you will experience the elaborate Christmas Market in Cathedral Square, one of Europe's largest and most renowned. The ship cruises overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 4 : RHINE GORGE – RÜDESHEIM
This morning, cruise through the picturesque Rhine Gorge, admiring its many castles and fortress ruins and the legendary Lorelei Rock. This afternoon you will arrive in the winemaking town of Rüdesheim where you will have the option to take one of three excursions: wine tasting with a local vintner, a gondola ride above the town to see the Niederwalddenkmal Statue, or a guided bike tour along the Rhine River to one of Germany's best wine regions. Later you'll have free time to shop at the town's Christmas Market and explore the Drosselgasse, the town's most famous and charming street, a narrow passage lined with shops and taverns. This evening, visit Siegfried's Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum, home to a remarkable collection of old robotic and self-playing musical instruments, or join us for some Rüdesheimer Coffee. The ship sails overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 5 : MANNHEIM – HEIDELBERG
Arrive in Mannheim, where you have a choice between three excursions this afternoon. Your first option is a half-day excursion to the historic university town of Heidelberg, where you will visit the red-walled castle with its Great Vat (a 49,000-gallon wine cask) and enjoy beautiful views of the Neckar Valley and city below. You can also opt to visit the Mannheim Baroque Palace, intended to be the second largest Baroque palace complex in Europe. It was designed to highlight the important role of the Palatine Prince Electors in the Holy Roman Empire. As a third option you can enjoy a tour of Speyer one of Germany’s oldest cities, known for its cathedral, numerous churches and the medieval Altpörtel (Old Gate). You will have time later to visit the local Christmas Markets. This evening, the ship continues onward to Strasbourg, France. (B,L,D)
Day 6 : STRASBOURG, FRANCE
Capital city of France’s Alsace region, Strasbourg is situated on the Rhine at the German border. After arriving this morning, enjoy one of three excursions. The first option is a panoramic tour that will take you past the Orangery, the European Parliament and the Place de Republique. Afterwards, explore on foot with a walking tour of the lovely "La Petite France" neighborhood, where you will see the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock, and have a chance to visit Strasbourg’s famous Christmas Market – said to be the oldest and best in all of France. Your other options are a bike tour to the Old Town, or a hike that starts at the Orangery and makes its way to the cathedral. The remainder of the day is yours to spend as you wish. The ship moors in Strasbourg overnight. (B,L,D)
Day 7 : BREISACH, GERMANY
You have two exciting excursions to choose from today. The first is a walking tour of Riquewihr, a picturesque town renowned for its historic architecture and for its Riesling wines, followed by time at the town's Christmas Market. A second option is a walking tour of the beautiful towns of Breisach and Freiburg, where you will visit the historical city center and Freiburg's Münster, a Gothic cathedral constructed of red sandstone. You will also visit Christmas Markets here. Your third option is guided bike tour of Breisach that takes you through the Rheinau woods. Tonight, the ship cruises towards Switzerland. (B,L,D)
Day 8 : BASEL – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark your cruise in Basel. (B)
(B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)

INCLUDED IN THE TOUR

SPACIOUS STATEROOMS

  • 7 nights luxury accommodation in an outside stateroom (most with twin balconies)
  • Computer for internet access
  • Entertainment on Demand system featuring, movies, TV shows, news and music
  • Mini-fridge, desk and sitting area
  • Bottled water replenished daily

AN ARRAY OF AMENITIES

  • Personalized service from a highly trained Cruise Manager during both cruise and land programs
  • Internet and Wi-Fi access
  • Sun deck pool with swim-up bar and walking track
  • Fitness room, massage services and hair salon
  • Main Lounge with panoramic views and bar
  • Daily entertainment including cultural performances

AWARD-WINNING DINING

  • All onboard dining in a variety of venues
  • Regionally inspired cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients
  • The Chef's Table specialty restaurant
  • Captain's Welcome Cocktail and Dinner
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs exclusive dining experience
  • Unlimited fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Unlimited sparkling wine and fresh juice with breakfast
  • Tapas, sandwiches, snacks and refreshments served daily in the Main Lounge

A WORLD OF EXPLORATION

  • Immersive tours in every destination
  • Gentle, regular, active and late-riser tour options
  • Bike tours and hikes
  • Limited Edition Tours
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Personal headset for easy exploration
  • Airport transfers with purchase of air from AmaWaterways

NOT INCLUDED

  • Gratuities for guides & cruise personnel
  • Transatlantic air-fare (can be arranged by UET from any US city)
  • Items of personal nature & items not listed in the itinerary
  • Optional travel insurance plans:
    Optional travel insurance plans

  • Port charges USD 147 in 2012

TOUR PRICES & DEPARTURE DATES:

2017 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Nov 23BaselAmsterdamAmaPrima$2,049
Nov 25BaselAmsterdamAmaSonata$1,899
Nov 25AmsterdamBaselAmaKristina$1,899
Nov 30AmsterdamBaselAmaPrima$2,649
Dec 2BaselAmsterdamAmaKristina$1,899
Dec 2AmsterdamBaselAmaSonata$2,899
Dec 7BaselAmsterdamAmaPrima$2,149
Dec 9BaselAmaSonataAmsterdam$1,899
Dec 9AmsterdamBaselAmaKristina$2,149
Dec 14AmsterdamBaselAmaPrima$1,899
Dec 16BaselAmsterdamAmaKristina$1,899
Dec 16AmsterdamBaselAmaSonata$1,899
Dec 21BaselAmsterdamAmaPrima$1,899
Dec 23BaselAmsterdamAmaSonata$1,899
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
AmaPrima . AmaSonata
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,599
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,199
AmaKristina
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CBViolinFrench Balcony+$599
CAViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,199

Note:

  • Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

2018 SAILINGS
EMBARK DATE EMBARKATION CITY DISEMBARKATION CITY SHIP NAME PRICES
Nov 24BaselAmsterdamAmaPrima$2,649
Nov 26BaselAmsterdamAmaSonata$2,649
Nov 26AmsterdamBaselAmaKristina$2,649
Dec 1AmsterdamBaselAmaPrima$2,649
Dec 3BaselAmsterdamAmaKristina$2,649
Dec 3AmsterdamBaselAmaStella$2,649
Dec 8BaselAmsterdamAmaPrima$2,649
Dec 10BaselAmsterdamAmaStella$2,649
Dec 10AmsterdamBaselAmaKristina$2,649
Dec 15AmsterdamBaselAmaPrima$2,649
Dec 17BaselAmsterdamAmaKristina$2,649
Dec 17AmsterdamBaselAmaStella$2,649
Dec 24AmsterdamBaselAmaKristina$2,649
CABIN UPGRADES PER PERSON
CATEGORY DECK STATEROOM ADDITIONAL
AmaPrima
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
AA+ViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$2,599
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,299
AmaStella . AmaKristina
EPianoFixed WindowsBase Price
DPianoFixed Windows+$299
CBViolinFrench Balcony+$599
CAViolin & CelloFrench Balcony+$899
BBCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,399
BAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,599
ABCelloFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,799
AAViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$1,999
SuiteViolinFrench Balcony & Outside Balcony+$3,299

Note:

  • Christmas Markets Notice: Note: Most Christmas Markets open during the last week of November and remain open until approximately Dec. 22. Check with each country's tourist office for more information.
  • Important: Dates, prices & itineraries are subject to change.
  • Port Charges: $168 per person.
  • Single Supplement for Cruise: 50% of twin price; Suites 100% of twin price. Please see terms below for details.
  • Bedding: Please select bedding configuration at the time of booking. The Options are: Option A: Two twin beds Option B: One large bed (larger than queen size).

  • * Where available additional AMA pre- and/or post cruise programs can be booked

Terms & Conditions:

    All rates are per person for cruise only, based on double occupancy in an entry level category stateroom unless stated otherwise. Offer is valid on select sailings only and applicable to new bookings only. Unless explicitly stated that single supplement is waived, solo travelers in a double occupancy stateroom must pay an additional single supplement amount before receiving any discounts. Ask about Solo Traveler promotions. Offer is not combinable with any other promotions/discounts, limited to availability, capacity controlled and subject to change or termination without notice. Port charges, land programs and round-trip airfare. Other restrictions apply. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California.

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All ships of AMADEUS WATERWAYS  operate for the English speaking market only and offer a long list of amenities, which no other river cruise ship in Europe can match.
    ON-BOARD FACILITIES 
  • Grand View Lounge Bar
  • Elegant Panorama Restaurant 
  • Fitness Center
  • Beauty Salon including manicure & pedicure 
  • Onboard physician and massage
  • Fun pool
  • Interesting lecture programs 
  • On-board veriety entertainmant
  • 100- meter walking track